20th IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists (TAM)

Organizers: Gerard A. Pfann (Maastricht University and IZA), Terry Gregory (IZA)
Date:July 08, 2021 - July 09, 2021

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann (IZA)

IZA “is an exciting place which renews itself. The workshop system encourages close reading and frank discussions of papers and ideas”,
(quoting professor James J. Heckman), so we have organized IZA/SOLE's TAM 2021 online.

TAM started in 2002 as a joint project between SOLE and IZA. This year we celebrate TAM's twentieth anniversary.
To celebrate this event, Kevin Lang, President of SOLE, will give an opening statement.

One of the founding fathers of TAM, Daniel S. Hamermesh, will take us on a short trip down memory lane.
Two presenters from the first IZA/SOLE TAM in 2001, Petra E. Todd and Coen Teulings, accepted our invitation to present new work.

All this would have been wonderful to share at the Ammersee. Alas, this year we will be restricted to the online meeting, just like last year.

Get Involved on Twitter: @iza_event | #izaTAM


All times stated in CEST (Central European Summer Time, GMT+2).
Please carefully check your time zone.

+++ presentation: 20 minutes +++ discussion: 10 minutes +++

Thursday, July 08:

15:00 - 15:15   Meet and Greet
15:15 - 15:20   Welcome Remarks
Gerard A. Pfann
(Maastricht University and IZA)
15:20 - 15:30   The IZA - SOLE Cooperation
Kevin Lang
(President of SOLE)
        Session A I
  Chair: Gerard A. Pfann (Maastricht University and IZA)
15:30 - 16:00   Jeanne Tschopp (University of Bern), Matias Cortes (York University, Canada and IZA), Adrian Lerche (IAB), Uta Schönberg (UCL and IZA)
  "Technological Change, Firm Heterogeneity and Wage Inequality"
16:00 - 16:30   Michael Johannes Böhm (University of Bonn and IZA), Khalil Esmkhani (University of British Columbia), Giovanni Gallipoli (University of British Columbia)
  "Firm Heterogeneity in Skill Returns"
16:30 - 16:45   Break
        Session A II
  Chair: Gerard A. Pfann (Maastricht University and IZA)
16:45 - 17:15   Barbara Biasi (Yale School of Management and IZA), Song Ma (Yale School of Management)
  "The Education-Innovation Gap"
17:15 - 17:45   Iwan Barankay (University of Pennsylvania and IZA)
  "Health Peer Effects in the Modern Workplace"
17:45 - 18:00   Break
18:00 - 18:15   20 Years of TAM: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Daniel S. Hamermesh
(Barnard College and IZA)
        Invited Lecture I
  Chair: Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA)
18:15 - 18:45   Coen Teulings (Utrecht University and IZA), Yujiang Chen (University of Cambridge)
  "What is the Optimal Minimum Wage?"
18:45 - 19:00   Break
        Session B
  Chair: Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA)
19:00 - 19:30   Kenneth Troske (University of Kentucky and IZA), Christopher Jepsen (UCD and IZA), Peter Mueser (University of Missouri and IZA), Kyung-Seong Jeon (University of Missouri)
  "The Benefits of Alternatives to Conventional College: Comparing the Labor-Market Returns to For-Profit Schools and Community Colleges"
19:30 - 20:00   Conny Wunsch (University of Basel and IZA), Anthony Strittmatter (CREST)
  "The Gender Pay Gap Revisited with Big Data: Do Methodological Choices Matter?"
20:00 - 20:30   Antonio Dalla-Zuanna (Bank of Italy), Kai Liu (University of Cambridge and IZA), Kjell Salvanes (NHH and IZA)
  "Pulled-In and Crowded-Out: Heterogeneous Outcomes of Merit-Based School Choice"

Friday, July 09:

15:10 - 15:30   Meet and Greet
        Session C I
  Chair: Kenneth Troske (University of Kentucky and IZA)
15:30 - 16:00   Ashley C Craig (University of Michigan), David Martin (Harvard University)
  "Discipline Reform, School Culture and Student Achievement"
16:00 - 16:30   Ola Vestad (Statistics Norway), Christine Blandhol (Princeton University), Magne Mogstad (University of Chicago and IZA), Peter Nilsson (Stockholm University)
  "Do Employees Benefit from Worker Representation on Corporate Boards?"
16:30 - 16:45   Break
        Session C II
  Chair: Kenneth Troske (University of Kentucky and IZA)
16:45 - 17:15   Analia Schlosser (Tel Aviv University and IZA), Yannay Shanan (Bar-Ilan University)
  "Fostering Non-Cognitive Skills in Active Labor Market Programs: Evidence from a Large-Scale RCT"
17:15 - 17:45   Giulia Giupponi (Bocconi University and IZA), Stephen Machin (LSE and IZA)
  "Minimum Wages and the Wage Policy of Firms"
17:45 - 18:00   Break
        Invited Lecture II
  Chair: Gerard A. Pfann (Maastricht University and IZA)
18:00 - 18:30   Petra E. Todd (University of Pennsylvania and IZA), Christopher Flinn (New York University), Weilong Zhang (University of Cambridge)
  "Labor Market Returns to Personality: A Job Search Approach to Understanding Gender Gaps"
18:30 - 18:45   Break
        Session D
  Chair: Gerard A. Pfann (Maastricht University and IZA)
18:45 - 19:15   Paula Calvo (Yale University), Ilse Lindenlaub (Yale University), Ana Reynoso (University of Michigan)
  "Marriage Market and Labor Market Sorting"
19:15 - 19:45   Sarah Sander (UCL)
  "Universal Daycare and Mother’s Working Lifetime"
19:45 - 20:15   Yana Gallen (University of Chicago and IZA), Melanie Wasserman (UCLA)
  "Informed Choices: Gender Gaps in Career Advice"